Police in North Wales were clearly hallucinating when they issued pensioner James Roberts with a speeding ticket for doing 42mph in a 30mph zone!!
The speeding fine listed the mobility scooter’s details and registration correctly. There were, however, two major flaws:
1. That the vehicle has a top speed of just 8mph
2. The 74-year-old was at home ten miles away in Abergele recovering from triple heart surgery.
Unsurprisingly, mobility scooter driver James Roberts was someone irritated that the ticket was issued at all. He commented: “When I opened the letter, I thought it was a joke but I soon found out it wasn’t. I’ve barely been out of the house these last six weeks, never mind going to Trelawnyd at that time of night. My mobility scooter has a registration number but it doesn’t have number plates on it so I have no idea what’s happened here.”
The retired electrician bought the battery-operated mobility scooter a year ago when problems with his heart led to angina and left him struggling to walk.
There was a simple explanation in the end. GoSafe, the organisation which issues speeding tickets on behalf of North Wales Police, said the error was caused by an incorrect number being entered into the system. A GoSafe spokesman revealed: “As soon as the issue was brought to our attention it was immediately rectified. We have issued a written apology to the gentleman. We apologise for any distress caused.”